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AMS RMX16

AMS/Neve AMS RMX16 Digital Reverb

The RMX16 500 series uses premium quality, high-performance 32-bit DSP processing and 24-bit, 48KHz sampling with premium A/D and D/A converters that achieve over 100dB dynamic range with +22dBu of headroom.

AMS RMX 16

AMS RMX 16 Digital Reverberation System

The RMX 16 digital reverberation system is totally electronic; the sound is completely unaffected by external vibrations or mechanical shocks. Unlike its mechanical counterpart the RMX 16 system does not require special installation.

AMS DM2

AMS DM2-20 Tape Phase Simulator

The AMS DM2-20 tape phase simulator is the result of long and extensive research into the requirements and needs of the recording industry.

AMS DMX 15-80 S

AMS DMX 15-80S Stereo Digital Delay

The dmx15-80s is a true stereo microprocessor controlled digital delay line. Originally designed to meet specifications laid down by the British Broadcasting Corporation for equipment to be supplied to them, it offers two completely independently delayed channels with precisely controlled delay times.

AMS (Advanced Music Systems) was founded in 1976 by Mark Crabtree and Stuart Nevison, both of whom were aerospace engineers. The first product designed by the company was the AMS DM-20 Tape Phase Simulator. This initial AMS product was used by ELO, 10cc and Paul McCartney, who used it on the Wings’ London Town album in 1978.

The real breakthrough for AMS however was to come, and in 1978 they released the AMS DMX 15-80 digital delay line. Later the DMX 15-80s included “loop triggering” launching the use of digital sampling. The DMX later included pitch changing and up to 32 seconds of delay. These units can still be found in studios the world over.

Perhaps the most revered product from AMS however, is the AMS RMX 16 digital reverb. The AMS RMX 16 was released in 1981, and included a reverb patch called Non Lin, referring to non-linear or ‘gated’ reverb.

This patch was developed with the help of Hugh Padgham, the creator of the gated reverb effect, discovered when working with Peter Gabriel, and made famous by Phil Collins with his Face Value album.

The Non Lin preset was used for most of the 1980s from the time the AMS RMX 16 was released. Another patch on the AMS RMX 16 was Ambience, and again, it was heavily used, and is still in use today.

AMS was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1985. Siemens bought AMS in 1990 and merged the company with Neve Electronics in 1992. Crabtree acquired the combined firm in 1995, becoming the sole owner of AMS Neve.

AMS Neve continues to manufacture professional recording equipment, including a reproduction of the AMS RMX 16 in 500 rack format, released in 2020.

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